Citrus and Sage Editorial in CoCo Indie.

Coco Indie is one of my favourite independent magazines. The team who creates this magazine are so dedicated and, dare I say,  particular about their vision, that I have tried and failed more times than I care to admit to be featured on their pages. Their choosy approach proves to be effective as all of their issues are completely tight and cohesive. They push contributors to be the same. After being given an online editorial last summer, (http://cocoindie.com/albums/clovers-blush/) I am finally in the print magazine this summer (Yay!) It’s great to have goals and to see these goals reached, I still cannot believe my name is in Coco Indie’s Pages.

The editorial in question is also very special to me, not just because it was shot for Coco, but also because it came straight from the heart. This shoot was inspired by the Spring/Summer 2015 line of Copious Fashions’ and was shot in the most minimal way possible. The designer for Copious, Carissa, and myself were coming off of our giant weekend long shoot for Cake and Ashes, our Fall/Winter line, where we had extensive weeks of planning, an amazing team of ten people, various locations and set-ups, long hours and considerable editing. Although this shoot was a success, and we were very happy with the results, we felt that this level of production was not necessary for our Citrus and Sage season. Instead, we brought it back to basics. After finding Miss Gwendy Darling, a person who was the perfect vision of this line; kissed by summer freckles with an ethereal glow, yet with a depth to her eyes and a purpose to her movements, we were ready to take our weekend of creativity together. We shot at a remote family cottage, myself, Carissa, our model Gwen, and a couple of helpers. We casually cruised through the shoot as I simply followed Gwen while she slinked through the water and the trees, watching the light change from orange sunrise to bright noon to the low pink warmth of the late afternoon. We swam, we sang, we danced to music of the late 60’s and had iddelic summer moments of eating watermelon and watching the sunset. There was no time-crunch, no pressure, no worry of damaging the clothing as Gwen splashed, napped, laid in the flowers and in the damp sand, all in the pieces of Citrus and Sage, the marks only making the clothing more real.

I need to thank Coco for reminding me to get back to what makes me want to create images, as the results are always the best when they come from the heart.

Here are some of my favourites, as well as the magazine spread and some behind the scenes of our weekend:

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Citrus & Sage at Fashion Art Toronto

Gearing up for Copious’ Spring/Summer 2015 line to hit stores we decided a launch at Fashion Art Toronto (or FAT) was a perfect introduction.

FAT has become the kind of alternative to World Mastercard Toronto Fashion Week. It is not only a week of fashion shows, but also performances, live art, pop-up shops, film viewings, food, drinks and music.

All of the work that went into the FAT production of Citrus & Sage paid off as our beautiful lemony ladies came down the runway.

The team of people who made this show happen are Desiree from Armed jewellery for lending some of her amazing pieces, Sylvie Prud’Homme, owner and stylist of The Loft Salon and Spa for her imaginative and unique hair creations, Samantha and Andrea McLeod for their sun-kissed makeup looks, Dillon Taylor for music and video, all of the models who perfectly embodied this line, especially Gwen from Peggi LePage Management for being the face of citrus and sage for the past year, and finally, the crew at FAT. I happily bounced between producer and photographer, capturing these shots over the day:

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Cake & Ashes

I am happy to share this editorial that I did for Ellements Magazine, as well as some of my favourites which didn’t make the spread.

This editorial was inspired by the mind and cinema of Alfred Hitchcock. This is a modern spin on the fearful blonde victim of Hitchcock films, who makes her way through the story line, desperately trying to survive.

 Our all-female team shot on location at an old inactive hotel restaurant set deep down a gravel road. . .
Cake & Ashes”
Photographer: Kaja Tirrul
Model: Nathalie Cas, Vizage Model Management
Hair and Makeup: Samantha McLeod
Stylist: May Mustapha of DonnaMay Styling Duo
Assistants: Ainslie Lahey and Carissa McCaig
Clothing provided by Copious Fashions.
ENJOY!

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FAT 2014

FAT = Fashion, Art, Toronto. Deemed Toronto’s Alternative Fashion Week, steering clear of any big-name corporate sponsorship or takeover, it is an independent event not to miss. This year’s was full of impressive designs, refreshing art and amazing performances. I was photographer and production designer for the Copious show and here are some of my favourite moments:

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Xquisit Magazine

I’m so happy to finally have this magazine in my hands! I did a shoot last year for the 2013 fall/winter Copious collection which is now laid out in a gorgeous editorial in Xquisit’s winter celebration issue. Here are some of my favs from this shoot, as well as some less-than technically stellar behind the scenes pics, and, of course, the magazine!

Photography: Kaja Tirrul
Stylist: Carissa McCaig
Models: Elana Baum for Models International Management and Danika Cziranka-Crooks
Makeup: HaileySin
Hair: Theresa Sabourin
Clothing by Copious Fashions

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